The US Supreme court is hearing arguments over the state rights to purge voter rolls. The case arises from an Ohio voter (Larry Harmon) who was purged from the voter rolls. My first question is a factual one (not a legal question).

Was Mr Harmon denied the right to vote completely or was he offered a provisional ballot?

My second question (which is more about a government process) is: Is a provisional voter ever notified that his ballot was actually counted, and what assurance does the voter have that the notification is accurate?

  • In many cases, provisional ballots almost never get counted (margin of victory is 5000 votes, we have 300 provisional ballots deemed "accepted," so we're not bothering to actually tally them, for example), so it may be a distinction without a difference. – PoloHoleSet Jan 12 at 15:56
  • I understand that, however it seems to contradict the adage that "every vote counts" as a reasoning to motivate people to vote. – BobE Jan 12 at 21:55
  • No argument here on that point. – PoloHoleSet Jan 15 at 15:21

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